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Heath continues strong golf season

Aberdeen Roncalli’s Claire Crawford watches her tee shot on the 11th hole at Lee Park Golf Course during the Roncalli Invitational. Crawford finished seventh at the POET Invitational on Thursday. Photo by John Davis taken 5/6/2021

MILBANK – Kelsey Heath won her third straight golf tournament in eight days, capturing the POET Invitational Thursday at Whetstone Creek Golf Course. Heath fired an 82 to help lead Sisseton to the team title as well.

Sisseton edged Sioux Valley by three strokes.

Carly Guthmiller of Groton was third with an 88.

Claire Crawford led Aberdeen Roncalli with a 97, good for seventh place. The Cavaliers were fourth in team points.

“Milbank is a very big course. A golfer can find lots of trouble in Milbank,” said Roncalli coach Kerry Brandenburger. “NEC conference golf is at Milbank next Monday so I felt today was a ‘get to know the course’ as my golfers have never played the Milbank course before. I wanted them to work on some course and club management today.”

Roncalli’s Margaret Anderson finished with a 102 and Ava Danielson with a 115.

Brandenburger was encouraged by all her players during the meet.

“I see scores dropping a bit and right in time for our conference and region meet. Obviously the girls’ goal is to all make it to the state golf tournament. That is a great goal to have. But keeping each meet, each hole, and each shot into perspective is just as important,” Brandenburger said. “They continue to learn each day. Now we have to take that newly found knowledge and start putting it into action.”

Team Points: Sisseton 373, Sioux Valley 376, Milbank Area 418, Aberdeen Roncalli 434. Incomplete: Groton.

Top 10 Individuals

1, Kelsey Heath, Sisseton, 82; 2, Julie Steffenson, Sioux Valley, 85; 3, Carly Guthmiller, Groton, 88; 4, Marion Mischel, Milbank Area, 89; 5, Ashlyn LaFromboise, Milbank Area, 90; 6, Laryn Stevens, Sioux Valley, 93; 7, Claire Crawford, Aberdeen Roncalli, 97; 8, Kasey Pistulka, Sioux Valley, 97; 9, Emma Dahl, Sisseton, 100; 10, (tie) Elliot Hortness, Sisseton, 101, and Caitlyn Cradduck, Sioux Valley, 101;

Other Aberdeen Roncalli Golfers: Margaret Anderson 102, Ava Danielson 115, Morgan Helms 120, Reese Henrich 137.

Other Groton Golfers: Shaylee Peterson 107, Emma Schinkel 116.

Other Milbank Area Golfers: Ella Kasuske 103, Shaylee Schuchard 111, Camila Monroy 115, Jaclyn Wiik 123.

Other Sisseton Golfers: Saige LaFromboise 108, Abby Long 136.

Other Sioux Valley Golfers: Haylee Bohnet 102, Morgan Hemmestad 104.

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